1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management
“Discover, learn and share about complex systems engineering.”

Academic members



Kristin Wood

After completing his doctoral work, Dr Wood joined the faculty at the University of Texas in September 1989 and established a computational and experimental laboratory for research in engineering design and manufacturing, in addition to a teaching laboratory for prototyping, reverse engineering measurements, and testing. During the 1997-98 academic year, Dr Wood was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy where he worked with USAFA faculty to create design curricula and research within the Engineering Mechanics / Mechanical Engineering Department. Through 2011, Dr Wood was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Design & Manufacturing Division at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a National Science Foundation Young Investigator, the “Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in Engineering”, “University Distinguished Teaching Professor”, and the Director of the Manufacturing and Design Laboratory (MaDLab) and MORPH Laboratory.

Dr Wood has published more than 300 commentaries, refereed articles and books, and has received three ASME Best Research Paper Awards, two ASEE Best Paper Awards, an ICED Best Research Paper Award, the Keck Foundation Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, the ASEE Fred Merryfield Design Award, the NSPE AT&T Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, the ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, the Engineering Foundation Faculty Excellence Award, the Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Teaching Innovation Award, the Academy of University Distinguished Teaching Professors’ Award, and the Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award. Of particular note are Dr Wood’s published books in design, including “Product Design: Techniques in Reverse Engineering and New Product Development” with Dr K. Otto and “Tools for Innovation” with Dr A. Markman.



Lynette Cheah

Lynette Cheah is an Assistant Professor in Engineering Systems and Design with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She is passionate about achieving sustainable mobility, and her research interest is in life-cycle energy and environmental assessment methods, which she has applied to the domain of transportation systems. Prior to joining A*STAR, Lynette was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Materials Systems Laboratory at MIT, and a research assistant at the Sloan Automotive Laboratory at MIT. She is a Singapore National Science Scholar, and a Fellow with the Martin Family Society for Sustainability. Lynette holds a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in management science from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in engineering systems from MIT.


Stephano Galelli

Dr. Stefano Galelli is assistant professor of Engineering Systems and Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Before joining SUTD, he spent two years as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Singapore-Delft Water Alliance, National University of Singapore.

Dr. Galelli graduated in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2007, and received a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology from the same university in early 2011. He carries out research in systems analysis, data-driven modelling and optimization, particularly focusing on their application to water resources modelling and management.

He is member of the IFAC Technical Committee TC8.3 on Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems, and he serves as reviewer for different international journals. For this service, he received the Environmental Modelling & Software 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award.


Nuno Gil

Nuno is Professor of New Infrastructure Development at the Manchester Business School. Nuno coined the term ‘new infrastructure development’ to designate an intellectual framing that encompasses the intertwined socio-political, financial, and technical challenges characterizing the leadership, management, and governance of mega infrastructure projects, and more broadly, portfolios of megaprojects. Nuno earned a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, U.C Berkeley, and interdisciplinary certificates in the management of technology and in logistics with the Haas Business School in 2001.

Nuno had professional practice stints in structural engineering and project management, following completion of a 5-year degree in civil engineering in the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal. Nuno has worked, or done research, with various organizations including IDC/CH2M HILL, Intel, Rolls Royce, BAA (now Heathrow Ltd), BP, Manchester City Council, Network Rail, EDP- Energy of Portugal, London2012, Crossrail, Larsen &Toubro (India), and High Speed 2 Ltd.

Nuno’s research interests focus on exploring ’recipes’ for high-performance development of new infrastructure from early inception of an idea through its gestation, megaproject delivery, and project handover to operations. He investigates alternative combinations of the fundamental ’ingredients’ for developing megaprojects, and portfolios of megaprojects hold by corporations, cities/regions, and nations, including processes and strategy, design architectures, resource acquisition strategies, risk management practices, organizational and governance structures, and leadership. Nuno’s research develops theory, science, intellectual frameworks, and practical methods for communicating with stakeholders how to best structure megaprojects to ensure capital investments unfold efficiently and effectively in multi-stakeholder, uncertain, and resource-constrained environments. A core precept underpinning Nuno’s research posits that a design commons is at the heart of megaprojects.

In 2009, Nuno was the lead editor of the special issue of California Management Review ‘Infrastructure meets Business: Building new bridges, Mending old ones’. In 2012, Nuno became Editor for the R&D and Engineering Projects Department of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Nuno is the founder and current research director of the Centre for Infrastructure Development (CID) at The University of Manchester.


Paulien Herder

Paulien Herder is Professor of Engineering Systems Design in Energy & Industry at Delft University of Technology and scientific director of the international research consortium ‘Next Generation Infrastructures’. She currently is the Director of Research for the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of the TUDelft. She is an expert in design of large-scale complex systems and strategic asset management, mainly in the area of industrial and energy infrastructures.


Rashmi Jain

Prof. Rashmi Jain is currently the Department Chair and Professor of Information and Operations Management in the School of Business at the Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Most recently, Professor Jain was an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before Joining NUS, Professor Jain held a faculty appointment at Stevens Institute of Technology. Earlier in her career, Professor Jain worked with Accenture, a leading IT consulting company. At Accenture, Dr. Jain consulted for Fortune 100 companies in energy, telecom, utilities and financial services sectors. Dr. Jain’s research and teaching interests are systems architecture and design, systems integration, service operations management, business analytics, and business process analysis and management. Dr. Jain has extensive experience of teaching, advising, mentoring, and training graduate students and senior executives both in the U.S. and overseas at businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions. Some of these are Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) Singapore, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) USA, US Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, IBM, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) etc. She holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. She is a member of Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and its Systems Engineering Committee, INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering), ASEM (American Society for Engineering Management), ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education), and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Dr. Jain is a certified Program Evaluator (PEV) for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, USA). She chaired of the System Integration Study Group on ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7. She was Head of education and research on INCOSE’s Technical Board. Dr. Jain is on the editorial boards of several international journals and is on the technical program committees of various international conferences. She has authored close to 100 technical papers, reports, and monographs, and co-authored a book. Dr. Jain is visiting professor to the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University, Japan. She has conducted invited lectures internationally at Keio University and Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan, Overseas Chinese Institute of Technology (OCIT) in Taiwan, and Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, among others. For more information please visit http://business.montclair.edu/direc....

Joseph Kasser

Joseph Kasser has been a practicing systems engineer more than 40 years and an academic for about 16 years. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), an INCOSE Fellow, the author of “Holistic thinking: creating innovative solutions to complex problems”, “A Framework for Understanding Systems Engineering” and “Applying Total Quality Management to Systems Engineering” and many INCOSE symposia papers. He has received a number of awards for performing and directing systems engineering including NASA’s Manned Space Flight Awareness Award (Silver Snoopy). He holds a Doctor of Science in Engineering Management from The George Washington University. He is a Certified Manager and holds a Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology. He also started and served as the inaugural president of INCOSE Australia and served as a Region VI Representative to the INCOSE Member Board. He has performed and directed systems engineering in the UK, USA, Israel and Australia. He gave up his positions as a Deputy Director and DSTO Associate Research Professor at the Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre at the University of South Australia in early 2007 to move to the UK to develop the world’s first immersion course in systems engineering as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore.


Naohiko Nohtake

Naohiko Kohtake is an associate professor and current director of Smart System Design Laboratory at Keio University where he is responsible for systems engineering for large complex systems such as space systems and intelligent systems. He has worked in research and development on avionics systems for the H-IIA rocket at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and on-board software at European Space Agency. He was an associated senior engineer at Digital Innovation Center in JAXA working on software independent verification and validation for satellites and the international space station.


Udo Lindemann

Udo Lindemann studied Mechanical Engineering at the University Hannover and graduated in 1974. He received his PhD at Technical University Munich in 1979 in the area of Product Development - Systems Engineering. From 1980 until 1992 he worked in different functions in industry. He started in engineering design and finalized his industrial career as CEO of a company within the MAN-Group. In 1995 he became Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Chair of the institute of Product Development within Mechanical Engineering. Beside activities within TUM he is a founding member of the Design Society and for a few years he was their President. He is an elected member of Acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany. He is member of a number of scientific organizations and foundations and editorial boards. His research interests are in the field of systematic product development, dealing with structural complexity, system architecture, system adaptability, human behavior in design, research across different disciplines, and creativity.


William Nuttall

William J. Nuttall is Professor of Energy at The Open University, based in Milton Keynes, UK. Professor Nuttall’s career has taken him from experimental physics (PhD MIT USA 1993) to technology policy with an emphasis on energy issues. He is an Associate Researcher of the University of Cambridge Electricity Policy Research Group and he is a member of the management committee of the Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre (CNEC). He teaches on the associated CNEC MPhil in Nuclear Energy. He is author of Nuclear Renaissance -Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power (Taylor and Francis, 2005), co-editor of several other books and an author of more than fifty journal articles. In 2011 Dr Nuttall was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP). He is a founding member of the committee for the Nonlinear and Complex Physics Group of the IOP. Professor Nuttall’s research has included the use of system dynamics, agent-based simulation and consideration of engineering flexibility. He is work package leader for a UK collaborative research project Management of Nuclear Risk Issues: Environmental Financial and Safety- “NREFS”. He serves on the Competitiveness Sub-Group of the European Nuclear Energy Forum; he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Next Generation Infrastructures in the Netherlands; he serves on the Nuclear Power Committee of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; he is a Fellow of Hughes Hall Cambridge and he is an Adjunct Professor of the City University of Hong Kong.


Seiko Shirasaka

Dr.Seiko Shirasaka earned a Master’s degree in Astronautics from University of Tokyo and Doctral degree in Systems Engineering from KEIO university.

He worked for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation as space systems engineer for 15 years. He is an Associate Professor at Graduate School of System Design and Management at KEIO university since 2008. His main research topics are system assurance, system development methodology and system innovation.


Eun Suk Suh

Dr. Eun Suk Suh is Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at the Seoul National University in Korea. He is a member of the INCOSE Korea Chapter, and also is a member of Editorial Board for the INCOSE Systems Engineering Journal. His research focuses on the complex system properties, system design methodologies and analysis, complex technology infusion, and system lifecycle analysis. His previous industrial experience includes his tenure at Xerox Corporation as a research scientist and working as a chassis design engineer at Hyundai Motor Company’s Commercial Vehicle Development Division. He earned a PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT, a Masters of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Cornell University and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Clarkson University. Dr. Suh currently holds 25 international patents, and is author of numerous academic publications.


Jan Vasbinder

Jan Wouter Vasbinder (1945) studied physics at the Technical University of Delft (1972). He started his professional career as a researcher in a nuclear laboratory. Until 1981 he worked in the nuclear industry in Israel and the Netherlands. In 1981 he was appointed Attaché for Science and Technology in Washington and Ottawa. End 1985 he returned to The Netherlands, to head a small organization responsible for developing long term cooperative industry university research programs. Subsequently he became member of the management team of the Dutch organization responsible for executing government innovation policies. In 1991 he became partner and CEO of an interdisciplinary consultancy firm. In 1994 he founded Prisma & Partners, a small company dedicated to finding, strengthening, and mobilizing the innovative capacity of companies, consortia, government (related) organizations and regions.

In 2003 he initiated Institute Para Limes of which he is the founding president. He moved to Singapore in August 2011 to become is director of the Complexity Program at the Nanyang Technological University at Singapore.


Erik Wilhelm

Erik Wilhelm is an assistant professor in the Engineering Product Development Pillar at SUTD. His research has focused on three key aspects of transportation technology; namely, the design and optimization of advanced vehicle powertrains, the socio-economic impacts of automobiles, and networked intelligent transportation systems.

Many of his scientific contributions were in developing and applying novel simulation, optimization, and decision-making methodologies to solve problems relating to hybrid control and lightweighting technology. Additionally, he recently built a scalable web-based platform with broad applicability in transportation policy and decision making. He earned his PhD from the ETH-Zurich with the Technology Assessment group at the Paul Scherrer Institute.


Akira Yamaguchi

Professor Akira Yamaguchi is a graduate from the University of Tokyo with Master and PhD Degrees in Nuclear Engineering. He worked at the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation and has been the Group Leader of Thermal Hydraulic Research Group. Since 2005 he is a Professor at Osaka University in the Department of Energy and Environment. Prof. Yamagushi has more than 30 year experience in reactor engineering, system safety, and thermal hydraulics. He is a member of the special committee on Safety Design and Regulation of the Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC), and chairs the Safety Design Regulatory Guide Sub-Committee of the NSC. He chairs or is a member of several advisory committees of the METI and the MEXT, the New Nuclear Policy-planning Council of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the Risk Technology Committee of the Standard Committee of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ), and is the Chairman of the Computational Science and Engineering Division of the AESJ and the Vice-Chair of the Advanced Reactor Division of the AESJ.


Maria Yang

Professor Maria C. Yang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Yang earned her SB in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and her MS and PhD from Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering Department, Design Division. She joined the MIT faculty in 2007. Previous to that, she was an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California, and before that a postdoctoral instructor of design in the mechanical engineering department of the California Institute of Technology. She has been a lecturer in design at Stanford University. Professor Yang’s industrial experience includes serving as Director of Design at Reactivity, Inc., a Silicon Valley software company now a part of Cisco Systems. She has done research into collaborative design tools at Apple Computer and Lockheed. In addition, she has explored the user interaction issues for software design, as well as ergonomics issues of force-feedback devices for Immersion Corporation. Professor Yang’s research and teaching interests are in design of products and systems.